PITCH TO WIN
$200,000 IN PRIZES!
DEADLINE JUNE 21, 2023
YOU CHOOSE HOW TO PITCH
There are two ways to enter!
SUBMIT YOUR PITCH ONLINE
PITCH LIVE IN PERSON
ABOUT THE PITCH
Pow Wow Pitch is a pitch competition for Indigenous entrepreneurs across Turtle Island to shine the spotlight on pow wow vendors, artists, business builders and innovators from all backgrounds and industries, whether just starting or looking to grow to the next level.
This year, more than 2,500 Indigenous entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses online and in person for a chance to win cash prizes ranging from $100 to $25,000, with a total of $200,000 in cash prizes to give away!
Your Pow Wow Pitch journey begins with a 1-Minute Pitch.
JUST BY SUBMITTING A PITCH, YOU GET ACCESS TO ALL OF THIS GOODNESS
WIN MONEY - Win cash prizes from $500 to $25,000 CAD.
GET NOTICED - Gain exposure, followers, press and more customers to grow faster.
SELL STUFF - Become eligible for the Pow Wow Pitch Box Program, where we buy and distribute up to 2,500 units of your products or services.
ACCESS MENTORS & LEARNING - Get access to industry-leading mentors and experts, attend business accelerator bootcamps, and access free resources, templates and advisors.
START-UP ONLINE FREE - Get Shopify free for 60 days and a free .CA domain for your business.
FRIENDSHIPS & COMMUNITY FOR LIFE - Join a community of Indigenous innovators, makers, artists and builders cheering each other on and making a difference in their community.
BECOME AN ALUMNI - Become eligible to join the Pow Wow Pitch Alumni Network to access the Alumni Network, Seed Fund, 0% Loan Program, and contribute to In-Community Impact Initiatives.
PITCH TO WIN
$200,000 IN PRIZES!
DIGITAL PITCH PRIZES
$25,000 - GRAND PRIZE WINNER
$10,000 - 2ND PLACE
$5,000 - 3RD PLACE
$5,000 - ALUMNI PRIZE
$5,000 - PEOPLE'S CHOICE PRIZE
$1,000 - INDUSTRY SEMI-FINAL WINNERS
$1,000 - YOUTH PRIZE WINNER
IN-PERSON PITCH PRIZES
$5,000 - WINNERS
$2,500 - 2ND PLACE PITCHERS
$1,000 - 3RD PLACE PITCHERS
$500 - YOUTH PRIZE & FAN FAVOURITE
GATHERING OF NATIONS LIVE EVENT
$1,000 - WINNERS
$750 - 2ND PLACE PITCHERS
$500 - 3RD PLACE PITCHERS
$500 - YOUTH PRIZE WINNERS
CRITERIA & SCORING
Have you clearly communicated your product/service, value proposition and a pathway to sustainability and success?
Have you convinced the judges you will follow through on your business goals?
Have you clearly communicated how you will use the money to start or take that next step?
Indigenous people living anywhere on Turtle Island (Canada or the United States) of any age or gender with an idea or business at any stage and in any industry.
Times are subject to change without notice.
DIGITAL APPLICATIONS CLOSE
POW WOW PITCH BOOTCAMP
ORIENTATION AND PITCH TRAINING
TECH CHECKS AND MENTORSHIP
AUGUST 7 to 10
SEMI-FINAL PITCH SHOW FILMING WEEK
August 14 to 18
September 7 to 15
PEOPLE'S CHOICE VOTING DEADLINE
FINALIST TECH CHECK & MENTORSHIP
FINALIST PITCH SHOW FILMING
IN PERSON LIVE EVENTS
Want extra chances to win even more money?
Join Pow Wow Pitch in person, on-stage at Powwows and Indigenous Festivals across Turtle Island.
Click on the locations below to learn more and to pre-register to pitch!
MORE IN PERSON EVENTS
WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR 1 MINUTE PITCH
Introduce yourself and where you are from.
Tell us the name of your business and what you want to sell or already sell.
Tell us how you would use $25,000 to take your idea or business to the next level.
BONUS: Tell us why you want to do this? Who is part of your team? Your traction to date? Your vision for the future?
Watch the 2021 Winning Pitch and 2nd Place Pitch for inspiration.
Can I submit more than one business or idea?
Yes, you can pitch as many businesses or ideas as you like; however, only one can make it through to the semi-finals.
Can I pitch my idea even if I have not yet started a business?
Yes, you can pitch an idea even if you haven’t started. It would be best if you took extra effort to convince the judges that you have every intention to follow through in your pitch.
Can I pitch a business that I have been running for a while?
Absolutely. It would be best if you took extra effort to share how far you have come and how you will use the funds to take your business to the next level in your pitch.
What type of business can I submit?
You can submit an idea, business, nonprofit, social enterprise, sole proprietorship, cooperative or any other form of business activity.
What if I don’t have a website or online presence?
That is no problem. As part of the Pow Wow Pitch, we will provide you with free tools and training to get your business online.
What is the mentorship part of the Pow Wow Pitch?
All semi-finalists will be paired with a mentor for a 1-hour session. During your session, you will present your 1-minute pitch to your mentor, and they will give you feedback to help you prepare for your pitch. Mentors are volunteers who are passionate about supporting you and your business to succeed.
What information should I include in my one-minute pitch?
Here are some ideas on what to include in your pitch.
- Introduce yourself and the name of your business.
- Please tell us where you live and what Indigenous community you are part of.
- Tell us why you started your business and the problem your business looks to solve.
- Tell us how far you have taken your business and your vision for the future.
- Tell us about yourself, your team, and why you are the one to take the business forward.
- Please tell us what you would spend the $15,000 on.
- Tell us why you should win the 2021 Pow Wow Pitch and what impact you win will have on the community.
Can I use props or displays during my pitch?
Absolutely! You can show us your products or services, wear or display your logo.
What if I don’t have a business name?
It’s okay not to have a business name; however, you will need to pick a name (even if it’s temporary) to participate in Pow Wow Pitch.
Can I use a PowerPoint presentation?
No. For Pow Wow Pitch, we are more interested in getting to know you as an entrepreneur. You can follow a script, but we want to get to know the real you.
What can I use the funding for?
The cash prizes are non-repayable. You can spend them in anyway you like to support your business goals.
If I have pitched before, can I pitch again this year?
Absolutely. If you had pitched before and did not win one of the top three prizes, you are welcome to pitch again. However, even if you won a top-three prize, you are welcome to pitch a different idea or business.
What do you mean by Indigenous?
To compete in the Pow Wow Pitch, you must belong to an Indigenous community as an Inuit, Métis or First Nations person.